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My Lobotomy by Howard Dully
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Jun 02, 08

bookshelves: life-stories, mental-health
Read in May, 2008

The author tells how he was lobotomized when he was 12 years old.

The story is really heart wrenching. As a kid, the author was beaten by his dad and stepmother as a means of punishment. His dad worked two (and sometimes three or four) jobs and was seldom around. When he was around, he was distant and abusive. The author was just five when his mother died and still a little kid when his dad remarried. His stepmother also beat him and belittled and berated him. He could literally do nothing right. His brothers and stepbrothers were not treated so badly, and he knew he was treated unfairly as the scapegoat. Somehow, when he was twelve, his stepmother convinced the doctor who popularized prefrontal lobotomies to perform one on this kid.

What happened to this guy is really an outrage, but despite his early life, he seems like a nice guy who finally, in his 50s, got his life together.

This book is both disturbing and inspiring.
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message 1: by Kim (new)

Kim I agree with you entirely. It almost reminded me of how sad Angela's Ashes was. I just finished it. I mean right to the end of his fathers life he just wanted him to love him. Very disturbing.


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